The magnificent mountain range Dyrfjoll stands between  the Fljotsdalsherad district and the fjord Borgarfjordur Eystri. It is famous for the huge gap or “door” in the middle of the mountain range. 

The mountain is 1136 meters high, and it takes about 3,5-5 hours  to hike to the summit. The view from the top is extraordinary and certainly won’t let anyone down! Below Dyrfjoll lies Storurd, a lovely landscape of giant boulders, meadows and ponds and one of east Iceland‘s best hidden gems.

The region is famous for stories of elves. Legend has it that the Elf Queen of Iceland resides here. Her name is Borghildur, and she lives in Alfaborgir (Elf city) in Borgarfjordur Eystri near Dyrfjoll.

Volcanic mountain range

Dyrfjoll mountain is actually a volcano. It is a typical central volcano that has experienced unusually explosive volcanic activity over its lifetime. The activity resulted in collapsed calderas and large volumes of ignimbrites, brightly shining rocks made of crystal fragments.

Hiking in Dyrfjoll and Storurd

One of east Iceland‘s most illustrious spots is Storurd (“The Giant Boulders”), located to the east of the road leading to Borgarfjordur Eystri. Storurd lies below the small glacier west of the mountains. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, charming meadows and attractive ponds. This wonderful scene can be reached in 2,5 hours on foot from Vatnsskard pass.

To enjoy Dyrfjoll and Storurd fully, we recommend leaving a whole day open to hike the area.

GPS: 65.520575 N, -13.956413 W